Hollywood-and-Vine moments is my metaphor when Hollywood history and Americana cross paths. This weekend, several of these newsworthy events are taking place around the country.
~ The Superman Celebration is going on in the Ohio River community of Metropolis, Illinois, and runs through Sunday. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend, which includes a slew of Man-of-Steel related cinema and Hollywood dignitaries, such as Cassidy Freeman and John Glover from the television series Smallville.
Superman’s co-creator Jerry Siegel chose the name Metropolis when he first created the comic strip in the 1930s.
~ On Sunday, Heritage Auctions will offer up 100 Annie Oakley-related items in Dallas, including her Stetson hat, letters, photographs, and guns that are expected to fetch thousands of dollars for her family.
Oakley gained fame in the 1880s and 1890s for her shooting skills as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. She died in 1926, but has remained a pop culture icon. Her life story inspired a film and Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun. Several museums throughout the country have collections related to her, including the Garst Museum’s Annie Oakley Center in her hometown of Greenville, Ohio, and the iconic Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
~ Unfortunate news, as New York firefighters this weekend are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in an apartment complex at Central Park West. The Hollywood tie-in… Robert De Niro and 95-year old Celeste Holm are residents. De Niro was out of the country. But, Holm and her husband were at home as the Friday afternoon blaze erupted. Fortunately, no one was injured.
<— Celeste Holm, like De Niro, won an Oscar. She received a statuette for her performance in Gentleman’s Agreement in 1947. Holm was also wonderful in All About Eve.
~ GOOGLE is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Movie Drive-In. They have created a special logo honoring this uniquely American idea, and placed it on their website. A very cool concept; and quintessential Hollywood-and-Vine moment!
Until next time> “never forget”